Canon – PIXMA MP150 review

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Canon’s latest multi-function printer is the PIXMA MP150, a direct replacement for the popular MP110, featuring 4,800 x 1,200dpi performance, the latest FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print heads and a full colour 1,200 x 2,400dpi flatbed scanner, all for an incredibly low price.

Canon’s patented FINE print heads have 10nm micro-nozzle diameters and an exceptionally high nozzle density, which Canon claims delivers ink droplets with unrivalled speed, reliability, consistency and accuracy. The increased number of micro-nozzles means the new heads now deliver millions of 2-picolitre ink droplets each second.

The PIXMA MP150 also supports Canon’s latest ChromaLife100 dye-based inks which have been designed to work with the FINE heads. According to Canon, the combination of FINE heads, ChromaLife inks and Canon photo paper produces prints that rival silver halide quality and longevity. We’ll see.

The PIXMA MP150 features a more advanced lid than the old MP110; the new Z-lid improves scan and copy quality of thick books and magazines by applying even pressure across the entire document. For optimum results, multiple areas in a single file can be selected and scanned with different settings.

All the control buttons sit in a front edge-mounted panel and include an LED display and buttons to control scanning, Fit-to-Page copying and separate color and black/white copying. You can print directly from compatible digital still and digital video cameras by using PictBridge, but unfortunately the PIXMA MP150 doesn’t come with a flash card reader (you have to go to the next model up to get this).

Canon claims a maximum speed of 18ppm (pages per minute) for the PIXMA MP150 when printing in mono, but as our tests bore out this is just an engine speed; we got a ppm count of just 8 when printing out A4 pages of text, which is much closer to Canon’s claimed standard speed of 13ppm. This fell to 5ppm when printing out a page of mixed media.

It took our PIXMA MP150 a total of 130 seconds to print an A4 full colour page in the best quality mode. The quality is exceptionally good, with rich colours and sharp details. An added bonus with the PIXMA MP150 is that it can print borderless prints up to A4 size.

When it comes to scanning, the PIXMA MP150 has a wide range of quality settings from 75dpi all the way up to 600dpi. It’s a quick scanner, taking just 71 seconds to scan an A4 page at the lowest 75dpi setting and only taking 5 seconds longer at the maximum 600dpi setting.

There’s also a Multi-Scan setting that allows you to scan up to 10 photos in a single pass and save them as separate files. Another useful feature is the scan direct to PDF option, which creates PDFs from originals without the use of conversion software. Pages are easily ordered and can be readily added to PDF files previously created with Canon’s MP Navigator.

As usual Canon provides a useful range of software with the PIXMA MP150; MP Navigator 2.0, Easy-WebPrint, a button which sits on the Internet Explorer toolbar to simplify web page printing, Easy-PhotoPrint which makes printing photos, media selection, scaling and photo effects less of a hardship, ScanSoft OmniPage SE and Arcsoft PhotoStudio.

Company: Canon

Contact: 01737 220 000


Verdict
This is an exceptionally low cost multifunction printer that offers reasonable all round performance with the added bonus of being able to print borderless A4-sized prints, but the lack of a card reader is a drawback.